Gov’t distributes ARVs to Mombasa, Kilifi amid protests

ARV drugs. The government has started distributing ARVs to tackle shortage being experienced in different counties./COURTESY

The Government has distributed anti-retroviral drugs to some counties including Mombasa and Kilifi amid protests over the shortage of the drugs in the coast.

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) CEO Edward Njoroge said the drugs have been distributed to other counties including Machakos, Nairobi, Nakuru, Narok, Busia, Meru, Trans Nzoia, and Nyandarua as the process is still ongoing.

He pointed out that the drugs will be dispatched to the remaining counties from Friday through to the weekend.

This comes as commercial sex workers and members of the LGBT community in Mombasa took to the streets on Thursday protesting over the shortage of ARVs.

The agitated group, claimed that the shortage has made thousands vulnerable to infection, which is ultimately detriment to sickness and death.

However, KEMSA CEO Edward Njoroge reassured the public of the availability of the drugs saying that the Authority has adequate stocks of HIV/AIDS related commodities and will continue to replenish and distribute to the mapped sites as need arises.

“Some Counties have already received the consignment from KEMSA and I believe this will relieve some pressure from patients,” Njoroge said.